The situation at the Beitbridge border between Limpopo and Zimbabwe continues to simmer: Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of foreign nationals gained access to South Africa, forming packed crowds at the national crossing. With fears about the spread of COVID-19 being accelerated by this gathering, Herman Mashaba has also chimed in.

The former Mayor of Johannesburg – and leader of the Action SA party – stated that the pandemic had ‘horrifically exposed’ the ANC’s immigration policies. Mashaba bemoaned a lack of border management, during a week where scores of illegal crossings – through fences, rivers and other illicit means – also took place.

The politician, known for his uncompromising rhetoric on undocumented immigrants, also rejected claims that those wanting to close the Beitbridge border are ‘xenophobic’. Herman Mashaba insists that that ‘fixing the system’ would serve foreigners just as well as it would South African citizens:

“South Africa, like all other sovereign countries around the world, [should] only allow foreign nationals who are going to add real value to our country, not liabilities. We don’t have that luxury. The complete failure of the South African government’s immigration policy and border management is being horrifically exposed during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

“I spent three years as a Mayor, dealing with the very real impact of porous borders on SA. It’s not xenophobic to call for an effective immigration system and the consistent application of the laws of our country. This would serve both foreigners and SA citizens. South Africa clearly under siege, with an endless list of problems.”Herman Mashaba


SADC is breeding a big humanitarian crisis on South African borders. 

How can these governments look at masses of African people, body to body, flocking into SA required to give Covid-19 certificates they know well no single country on the continent has capacity to produce??